It was fun to read another science fantasy story. I found Becoming The Chateran to be typical of the genre with the small group of main characters on a journey to defeat the big evil. Of course they have to travel quietly in disguise to evade capture as they go to save their lives and the world.
The characters are interesting and the heroine definitely grows in character, maturity, strength, and wisdom throughout her journey. The hero has some secrets that still weren’t revealed by the end of this book; I’m really curious about some things about him – as I’m pretty sure the author intends me to be. There are 2 main supporting characters that travel with the hero & heroine; without them the story would not be as good. It is mostly told from the heroine’s point of view; occasionally it switched view points, but I wasn’t confused at all.
I enjoyed it very much. I’m not sure if it’s classified as YA but I think it could be. It is not “religious” but they do talk about trusting God – which they call by a different name. If you are going to read it you have to understand that it is a fantasy book; everything is made up. There are griffins, phoenix, elves, centaurs, and other creatures that just aren’t real.
The other surprising thing was how long it is. It is a big book with small print! Even though it is trade book size – roughly 6×8 – it is still about 2 inches thick and has pretty small print. The sketches that are added are a really nice touch; I think they are by the author also.
I’m going to keep this one on my shelf for a while because I think in a few years my kids might enjoy reading it. The lessons the heroine learns about not being selfish and how to gain trust can apply to many situations. I myself am interested in the further adventures of the Chateran.
Here is some backcover copy:
When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:
Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.
Travelling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Aneko Press. This book was sent to me through Life Sentence Publishing for a review. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.